As a pastor taking his first group to the Holy Land, I was so thankful to have the Travel with Friends team helping me every step of the way. They were amazing from the day that we picked the date to the day we returned. We loved the support staff, the guides, the accommodations and the travel arrangements. Highly recommended!
Join Hosts Ray & Cathi Smith in
THE HOLY LAND
Where Scripture Comes Alive
THE JORDAN EXPERIENCE
December 2 - 5, 2020
- Airfare from group departure city
- All Transfers
- Baggage Handling
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily
- Entrance Fees to all Sites
- Itinerary as per Description
- Premium Accommodations
- Professional Tour Guides
- Transportation by Deluxe Motor Coach
Day 1 Depart USA
Today our tour members meet at our International Airport for check-in formalities. After we board our flight, dinner and breakfast are served aloft and we have time to rest.
Day 2 Arrive in Israel
You will be landing at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. Following brief airport formalities, we board our motor coach and go to our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. After we have checked into our hotel, we enjoy a dinner together and time to relax.
Day 3 Sea of Galilee/ Boat Ride/ Capernaum/ Jordan River
We rise early this morning to view the beautiful shore of the Sea of Galilee. After breakfast, we travel to the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. We will cruise across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. After our visit to the ruins of the 3rd century synagogue, we will proceed to Tabgha, the place of multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. A delicious St. Peters fish luncheon will be waiting for us at a famous resort along the Galilean seashore. This is a meal you will never forget. Immediately following this meal we proceed to the Jordan River where we will experience a time of spiritual blessing. We return to our hotel on the lovely shore of the Sea of Galilee for dinner and another overnight stay.
Day 4 Caesarea/ Megiddo/ Nazareth/ Cana
This morning we begin our day along the coastal plain and the Mediterranean Sea to Caesarea. This ancient port was built by Herod the Great. We will tour the fortress used by the Crusaders. It was here that the first Gentile, Cornelius the Centurion, and his household were baptized. Our tour continues to Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon. This will be a highlight of our journey since a worship service will be held in this prophetic spot. There will be time to visit the historical military fortress that controlled the highway between Egypt and Mesopotamia. We will see the excavation and museum showing how this famous hill served such an important function in the wars of antiquity. We continue on to Nazareth where you will see Cana of Galilee. Our day will end in Tiberius on the Sea of Galilee where we will spend our last night before traveling to Jerusalem.
Day 5 Beit Shean/ Jericho/ Jerusalem
This morning our journey takes us to the Jordan valley to visit Beit Shean, one of the Decapolis cities and the biggest remains of a complete Roman City. We continue through the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world; there you will see the ancient Tell of Jericho and Mount of Temptation before traveling to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Our first sight of the Golden City will be from the Mt. Of Olives area. Tonight, we will enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 6 Jerusalem/ Bethlehem
Today we will begin our day of touring at the Mount of Olives and descend on foot to the Garden of Gethsemane. Ancient olive trees stand there, some for more than 2000 years old. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas, where Jesus was held the night before his crucifixion. Afterwards, we travel on to Mount Zion and the Upper Room where we will have time for devotion and worship. This afternoon we will visit Bethlehem, where you will see the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s field, and the fields of Boaz and Ruth. We travel back to our hotel for dinner and another overnight stay in Jerusalem.
Day 7 Jerusalem
Today we will travel back 2000 years as we take a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem. We begin at the Lions Gate where we will see the old Crusader’s Church of St. Ann, the pool of Bethesda and the remains of Antonia Fortress, the site of the trial of Jesus. We will walk the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After lunch, we visit the Jewish Quarter; then on to the “Wailing Wall” and Mount Moriah which is called Temple Mount. Here on the site of Solomon’s Temple stands the Dome of the Rock and the El Aska Mosque. Mt. Moriah was the site of Abraham’s offering of Isaac as a sacrifice. This will truly be a memorable day! Dinner will be served at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 8 Dead Sea/ Masada/ Qumran
This morning we travel to Herod’s ancient fortress of Masada, which was built high atop a mountain on the edge of the Dead Sea. This afternoon we visit Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Today’s journey will end with time and relaxation on the shore of the Dead Sea. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 9 Jerusalem
Enjoy a free morning in Jerusalem today. In the afternoon we will visit Bethany, the town of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Afterwards we will travel to the Garden Tomb where you will have a worship service and communion. This will be a truly memorable time on your tour. A farewell dinner will be served; then we travel to Tel Aviv to board the overnight flight to the U.S.A.
Day 10 Return to USA
Relax and reflect on your flight home.
Day 11 *Extension* Allenby Bridge/ Mt. Nebo/ Madaba
Cross into Jordan via the Allenby bridge. View the Jordan Valley from Mt. Nebo. Travel to Madaba, site of Jerusalem mosaic discovery. Overnight in Petra.
Day 12 *Extension* Petra/ Amman
View one of the seven wonders of the world, the ancient city of Petra. Travel to Amman for overnight.
Day 13 *Extension* Amman/ Jaffa
See the city of Amman including the Citadel, Old Market and the ancient ruin of Jerash. Travel back into Israel for an overnight flight home.
Day 14 *Extension* Return to USA
Host: Ray & Cathi Smith
Phone Number: 801.413.8102
Account Manager: Chris Nutt
Phone Number: 501-379-9226
I had a most wonderful trip, accompanied by 15 new friends from South Dakota led by Pastor Rooney, 4-13 Feb 20. Because I was a VERY late add-on to their trip, I dealt with 4 people from Friends and each was OUTSTANDING. However, the STAR who deserves special note is Kelsie Vail, the Air Specialist: she was able to save me over $1,700.00 on my upgraded seating [disabled Vet with BAD back]. She was incredibly personable, professional, and simply "down-home" friendly, genuine, and nice!! The trip was a true "bucket-list" adventure, walking where Jesus walked, preached, and performed miracles [I was overwhelmed many times and want to visit Israel again!]. The sights were amazing; the bus was quite comfortable; and our Tour Leader ("Charlie") and bus drivers were extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and Safety-conscious. Truly the VERY BEST overseas tour I have ever taken! Thank you, Friends, and especially VP Mitch Jensen and Kelsie Vail for all the pre-trip information, help overcoming flight delay/change, and post-trip timely assistance. They will NOT let you down! Shalom!
The faces of Friends www.TravelWithFriends.com, BTR (Bill), Claudia and Charlie Dajani. An amazing experience that could only be possible with this team! From the first of booking our trip through to seeing us off at the ticket counter for our return trip back to the states. I absolutely recommend going to Israel and doing it with Friends travel. Charlie, you are amazing. Charlie’s extensive knowledge, humor, care of the group and individuals, mapping and juggling of sites to make it seamless and timely was a true treasure. Outstanding job!!!!! You all helped make this an experience to remember, share and HIGHLY recommend! ❤️